I have to wonder what goes on in the minds of people. As I see the legislature of the state in which I was born continue to steamroll discrimination into the constitution, I wonder what is it about two people who, simply, love differently, that incites so much hate.
It seems to me that the real reason for all the hate is that it benefits the leaders of the hate groups. In the churches, same-sex love is something that the leaders of the churches can use to shake more money from their flock. Republicans use the issue to get more votes.
Daddy Cheney threw his own daughter under the bus to get votes for his party, after all. (Although she will certainly be able to buy most the protections she needs anyway.)
But what I find completely baffling is how more people don't seem to know that the only reason their pastors, or their politicians, care at all about this "hot" issue is to get something from them (their money or their vote).
Many people in Indiana will vote against their own best interests, for one single issue. Many will not read all of the commentary about the potentially devastating impact that this constitutional amendment will have on domestic violence laws.
The governor is already trying to combat what is sure to be a brain drain by bribing college grads to stay a little longer in the state, but the far-reaching and long-term impacts of statewide discrimination can only be seen with time.
I am a contributor to Pam's House Blend, where I discussed the senate vote today. One of the readers (already a victim of Tennessee's constitutionally-bound discrimination against her) made a sad comment about going to visit her partner's family in Indiana, and though they have always been nice, having to wonder when they go next Christmas, sitting around at the various gatherings and parties, who might have voted for them to be second-class citizens in the Hoosier state.
As a resident of New York, where our newly-elected Governor just tripled the budget for the LGBT community, the dichotomy between one state and another is, to put it simply, rather huge.